Solar trees: educational and inspirational public artworks with a practical purpose


In my recent endeavour to design a pilot renewable energy project in a small peri-urban community on the edge of Kampala; I stumbled upon a local Solar DIY project DEE

based in Lewisham which has solar DIY workshops, campaigns for renewables and most effectively empowers small disenfranchised groups to get their hands in and design creative solar installations such as the ‘Energy Tree’ in Bristol Millennium Square which has inspired the masses. It is a great example of utilising a clarion call for local step by step resistance to the relentless environmental ‘externality’ damage of fossil fuels. It symbolically showcases how a  commons can integrate inclusive social regeneration with practical environmental action while equipping marginalised ‘victims’ of enclosures with agency through technical and creative skills..


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